In Dwapara Yuga, Vyas Maharshi was once sitting in a lonely place after taking bath in the sacred water of River Saraswati. Vyas Maharshi had an unfailing eye which could read the past as well as future. He found people in future very materialistic, short lived and unlucky. After dividing Vedas in 4 parts – Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda; composing Mahabharata (Itithas) and 18 Puranas which together are considered as 5th Veda. After all this sacred work, Maharshi Vyas was not satisfied. Then he saw Lord Narad Muni who later advised him to meditate Lord Vasudeva and his works.
Later on Vyas Maharshi in his meditation (Samadhi) got an insight of Shrimad Bhagwat.18,000 verses were composed by Vyasa; which is considered to be Mahapuarana.Another mythological support says, Lord Vishnu recited 4 shlokas – Chatushloki Bhagwat to Lord Brahma, the creator. Lord Brahma then recited to Narad Muni who in the end gave it to Vyas Maharshi. It was Vyas Maharshi who gave 18000 verses to the world from those 4 shlokas.Bhagwat Katha has been prominent in giving salvation and enlightenment.
Right from the first Speaker Shukdevji, the incarnation of Shiva and first listener King Parikshita to Sut-Shaunak; various mythological examples are available in favour of Bhagwat’s blessing in disguise. Padmapurana’s view about Gokarana and Dhundhukari has been a prominent example and it forms the Mahatmya (importance) of Shri Mad Bhagwat.Once Lord Brahma kept Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapurana on one side of beam balance and kept all other books including 4 vedas, 18 puranas, Mahabharata etc. The beam balance lowered on the side of Bhagwat Mahapuarana and it is considered to be the best composition of all time.
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